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Gallery show features plein air artists

Opening reception this Friday

Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River announces its September Exhibition, "Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2009, Painting Outdoors from the Mountains to the Sea" featuring 32 regional artists.

This year's 5th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air exhibit focuses on paintings and about our natural surroundings. The artists for this event are dedicated to the historic tradition of painting directly from life.

Through this approach of firsthand observation, they capture atmospheric conditions, light, and beautiful scenery that surrounds us all.

The public is invited to the artists' reception and show opening on Friday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will continue through Sept. 27.

This year the Columbia Art Gallery is proud to feature these exceptional artists: Mitch Baird - West Linn, Ore.; Celeste Bergin - Portland, Ore.; Eric Bowman -Tigard, Ore.; Gregg Caudell - Republic; Leslie Cheney-Parr - Sandy, Ore.; Mary Lou Epperson - Beaverton, Ore.; Jo Anna Frost- Mosier, Ore.; Scott Gellatly - Portland, Ore.; Rachel Harvey - Mt. Hood, Ore.; John Haugse - Hood River, Ore.; Amanda Houston - Cornelius, Ore.; Joe Howard - Hillsboro, Ore.; Eric Jacobsen - Glenwood; Larry Johnson - Vancouver; Mike Kowalski - Nordland; Mark Larsen - Portland, Ore.; Michael Lewis - Othello; Peter Mathios - Albany, Ore.; Jan Muir - Husum; Michael Orwick - Beaverton, Ore.; Mike Rangner - Albany, Ore.; Cathleen Rehfeld - Hood River, Ore.; Rowena Sandford - Trout Lake; Elizabeth See - White Salmon; Todd Smith - The Dalles, Ore.; Kat Sowa - Portland, Ore.; Hope Stevenson - Portland, Ore.; Sue Sutherland - Hood River, Ore.; David Taylor - Happy Valley, Ore.; Donna Van Tuyl - Goldendale; Beth Verheyden - Boring, Ore.; Bonnie White - White Salmon.

Award winning plein air painter and instructor, Ned Mueller from Renton will be the juror this year -- he will select first, second and third places.

There will also be an opportunity for the public to cast a vote for their favorite painting for the People's Choice Award.

Show coordinator Cathleen Rehfeld has been organizing this event in Hood River since its conception five years ago. "Every year more artists apply and more collectors come to buy. We are fortunate that Hood River offers such a good central location for artists to congregate and also provide quick access to the variety of climate zones within a 30 mile radius," Rehfeld says of the event.

As part of the Plein Air exhibit come view paintings and photography of children's work created while at Dancing Moon Farm on display in the studio opening Sept. 4.


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